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Internet Gets Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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A huge number of people disapproved of the decision to award Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize but one of the nominees this year will likely cause even more debate.

The BBC reports that the Internet is said to be among the 237 individuals and organizations nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. 

The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided the shortlist of nominees on March 9, however the list is never publicly announced. That said, nominators are free to divulge who they put forward, and according to the BBC, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi and Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of the OLPC foundation, which developed the $100 laptop, support the nomination for the Internet.

The Internet was submitted for helping advance "dialogue, debate and consensus." We'll find out on October 9 if the Nobel Peace Prize (and it's $1.4 million reward) will be awarded to the Internet.

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    N.Broekhuijsen , 12 March 2010 01:19
    I disagree. The internet should not get the Nobel Peace Prize.
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    princeofdreams , 12 March 2010 01:31
    The peace prize should go to the creator of the modern internet, the world wide web, Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, especially considering he refused to copyright/patent it, wanted it kept free for everyone & every country to use, but t0 just give it to the internet is stupid
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    MAC_HATER , 12 March 2010 01:44
    "The Internet was submitted for helping advance "dialogue, debate and consensus."

    hang on - if this is the case why does everyone tlk lyd dis? evrywun spks lyak dis on da intarweb coz its kul y0!

    and thats after you manage to clear out the internet tough guys and sexual predators\nigerian scammers
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    mi1ez , 12 March 2010 02:07
    PrinceofdreamsThe peace prize should go to the creator of the modern internet, the world wide web, Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, especially considering he refused to copyright/patent it, wanted it kept free for everyone & every country to use, but t0 just give it to the internet is stupid

    Beat me to it, exactly my sentiment.
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    Silmarunya , 12 March 2010 02:44
    Internet communication without question did more for global peace than any person alive, dead or yet to be born, but handing out a prize to a thing, or rather an abstract idea made out of things, is rather absurd. Give the prize to the creators of the internet (not just Berners-Lee, but the whole bunch behind it).
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    mojito_619 , 12 March 2010 03:01
    LOL, I wonder what Internet will do with 1.4 million(if it wins), you guys do know it doesn't have it's own bank account...